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Chef shares healthy eating habits

Residents learn about diabetes, how to cook on a budget

POSTED: November 13, 2013 11:56 p.m.

Area residents received an educational treat about healthy cooking and preventing and living with diabetes.

Celebrity chef Charles Mattocks, who has been featured on “The Dr. Oz Show” and other popular lifestyle shows, stopped by the Northeast Georgia Medical Center at Lanier Park in Gainesville on a chilly Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate healthy cooking practices.

The visit was part of Mattocks’ nationwide Diabetic You Mobile Tour, with recipes, samples and information geared specifically toward those affected by diabetes.

Attendees had the opportunity to speak with diabetes educators and wound care specialists to learn more about the disease. Additionally, visitors received educational brochures.

Ed and Ginger Proctor were among those attending. Ginger, who has been living with diabetes for the past 10 years, said she was mainly interested in the event because of recipes.

“I know what to eat, but the same old thing gets very boring. Maybe he can put a different twist on some of it,” she added.

Mattocks, also known as “The Poor Chef” because of his efforts to educate the public about healthy cooking on a budget, passed out samples of deviled eggs to the crowd. Instead of using the yolk as filling, Mattocks used hummus sprinkled with black pepper, a healthy alternative.

Diagnosed with diabetes himself three years ago, Mattocks has been traveling for the past several months from city to city to educate the public about diabetes.

“It’s been a lot of long nights driving,” he said, laughing. “It gets tough, but it’s worth it. ... If one person is affected by all of this that we did, then (it matters),” he said.

Mattocks said his visits and educational efforts have received positive feedback.

“It’s been unbelievable, people wanting information and just wanting to share and talk about what and how they’re doing. I think that’s what motivated me to do this,” he added.

Leigh Pascucelli, operations manager for the Wound Healing Center and Diabetes Education department, was enthuastic about the event.

“There’s never been anything like this here that I’m aware of, so I’m impressed this many people came out,” she said.


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